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Butchies Hatch: Award-Winning Fried Chicken

When it comes to the things that sandwich dreams are made of then fried buttermilk chicken in soft butter-toasted buns is where it’s at. Just read that again, buttery toast and fried chicken. Heaven. Good thing then that the award-winning sandwiches from Butchies are to have their first permanent home in Camden Market following their stall at Broadway Market. Created by Garrett FitzGerald and his wife, Emer their aim is to bring chicken sandwiches to the same level as the beloved burger. Named after some of Garrett’s favourite fictional pop culture characters, they will be serving up four free-range chicken […]

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Wyld Tea Launches at Dandelyan

If summer is all about alfresco drinking and picnics, then autumn marks the return of afternoons spent having tea and we’ll be adding the Wyld Tea at Dandelyan (the award-winning bar at Mondrian London) to our repertoire this year. Launching on the 29th September, the tea, which is the first tea to be served at the hotel, will be inspired by botanical influences (seen in Tom Dixon’s design of the bar) and the 70s (a nod to the original Platner designed Sea Containers building). Whether it’s going to feature glacé cherries and vol au vents we can’t confirm, but we’re […]

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Gladwin Brothers Open Nutbourne

For us Londoners who grew up in rural England, the pull of the countryside is always there; for those who didn’t it can often just seem like a whole other world- one that doesn’t have a brunch spot on every corner. Well now the Gladwin brothers, (Richard, Oliver and Gregory) are bringing a slice of countryside to Battersea with the opening of their third restaurant, Nutbourne. Taking inspiration from The Lost Gardens of Heligan, one of the finest estates in Cornwall, the secret oasis will be opening in Ransome’s Dock with an enviable waterside location. A 40-cover terrace will feature […]

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7 Bars to be Seen in During London Fashion Week

Until Tuesday, Soho will be swarming with Stan Smith wearing fashionistas, wafting around the streets in ankle-grazing coats and shielding their tired eyes with oversized Céline sunglasses. Whilst most attendees try to convince us of 6am call times and food on the run, we know it’s not all all work and no play. Before the bloggers start checking in to the coolest bars on Instagram, check them out for yourself, ahead of the trend.

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La Parisienne Style Experiences by Sofitel St James

Luxury accompanied by bliss and coated with decadence. That’s the only way to describe the La Parisienne Style Services Sofitel London St James has unveiled in honour of its French heritage, coinciding with the La Parisienne photography exhibition – a collection of 32 photographs of some of the world’s most glamorous and iconic women from the 1950s to the present day, displayed in the hotel until November and accessible by guests and non-guests, free of charge. Alongside the exhibition (which will go on to tour Sofitel hotels around the world) the hotel has created a collection of stylish, Parisian inspired experiences in partnership […]

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Shaun Rankin Opens Ormer Mayfair

If you’ve been to Flemings Mayfair recently then you will have seen that Michelin-starred chef Shaun Rankin has recently opened Ormer Mayfair– a restaurant paying tribute and taking inspiration from the St Helier shores of Jersey, where you’ll already find his famous restaurant Ormer. Celebrating British heritage, the menu will bring together foraged herbs, English wine and seasonal produce. Dishes include hand-dived scallops from the Channel Islands; Jersey lobster ravioli; venison loin with medjool dates, quinoa, parsnips and chocolate tortellini and turbot with a pine nut crust, cockles, cauliflower and sea vegetables. Vegetarian offerings include herb-stuffed gnocchi, artichoke, aubergine, beans […]

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The Dirty Dozen at Dirty Martini

Latina Caramella, Big Chivowski and Green Monk. New superhero team? By God we hope so eventually, however, equally as intriguing, these are the names of just three of the new cocktails on Dirty Martini’s bold, diverse new menu. Their new menu is inspired by trend-focused flavours including Peroni (excellent), mascarpone foam (interesting) and balsamic vinegar (damn right frightening) which has culminated in six brand new martinis, an indulgent collection of Distinctively Dirty and a mouth-watering selection of fresh cocktails named Dirty Dozen. Among the new martini’s is the wintery Chai Pear Martini which combines Absolute Blue Vodka, Monin Chai Tea […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Icelandic Sense-ation Dinners at Texture

With so much happening in the London food scene, it can often be difficult to find something unique, something different and something that’s going to leave you feeling a little amazed. We think we’ve found it though, in the form of the Sense-ation Dinners taking place at Michelin-starred restaurant Texture next month. The series of dinners are in association with Promote Iceland and Blue Lagoon and transform the private dining room into a little slice of Iceland. It was all very Narnia meets Game of Thrones esque. The walls are lined floor to ceiling with live moss, Icelandic trees and […]

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Tootoomoo: Pan-Asian in Islington

An ancient Indonesian folktale tells the tale of a little girl called Tootoomoo, who became friends with The Giant through food. Sounds like our sort of friendship and it’s this story that sets the scene for Tootoomoo which opened yesterday in Islington. Ancient recipes meet modern cooking at this Pan-Asian restaurant and the menu, created by Executive Chef Ricky Pang, brings together Malaysian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. Start with sharing dishes like Shichimi squid, crispy smoked chicken and vegetarian potstickers, before moving onto sushi including yuzu salmon maki, soft shell crab maki and Californian prawn rolls. You’ll find […]

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Gaucho’s Divine Bovine Goes Global

Cows; aesthetically displeasing, ponderous beasts that will never be described by such terms as ‘captivating’ or ‘fascinating’ but by God they taste great, and if there’s one establishment that knows it, it’s Gaucho. In celebration of the fine cut Gaucho are taking their annual Divine Bovine event global for one night only. This is a night that will pay homage to the finest of Argentine Aberdeen Angus beef, the delivery of which Gaucho fervently commit. Taking place at their newly refurbished Piccadilly restaurant with interiors inspired by the visually striking Ombu (enormous trees prevalent in Argentina) guests will be on […]

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The Best of London: All At One Party

You don’t need us to tell you that London is of course the best city in the world – not that we would ever tell you otherwise. From theatre shows and live performances to coffee shops, hotels and restaurants, for us London is right at the top and naturally it needs celebrating. So step in London Lifestyle Awards. Back for the seventh year, the awards acknowledge and champion the best of London, in the past The Savoy, Novikov, Coya, the 2012 Olympic team and theatre show Matilda have all walked away with trophies. The ceremony will take place at the Lancaster Hotel on 3rd October which is sponsored by the likes of […]

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Urban Foraging: Wild Dinner and Masterclass

Until now, the closest we’ve got to urban foraging is picking the leaves off our coriander plant that sits on the windowsill of our zone 2 flat. Yes, we know wild garlic can be found without too much struggle in a woody park but, with equal risk of picking a bit that had a dog nearby moments before and picking the wrong plant entirely, we’d rather go wild in the herb aisles of Sainsbury’s instead. Smithfield restaurant, Ask for Janice, is inviting curious foodies to explore the world of urban foraging with an evening hosted by a pro wild food forager, […]

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